Does Prayer Really Heal?

Does Prayer Really Heal?

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Praying is the most basic act of devotion. People pray to God as a form of worship and communication. It has also been associated as a form of healing by many devout people.

The effectiveness of prayer as a healing technique is a debatable issue since early times. When medical science made milestones in drugs and treatments, fewer people are relying on prayer for healing. But still there are people who staunchly believe in its ability to heal.

The act of praying is defined as a form of communication, a way of talking to a higher being. People pray in many ways and for different reasons, but here are the five primary types of prayer.

• Adoration – When praying for adoration, the person praises and acknowledges God in all things. This type of prayer is recited to extol the glory of God. Masses and common prayers often include adoration in their verses. An example of this is Gloria.

• Expiation – Praying for expiation is to admit one’s sins and ask God for forgiveness and mercy. Penance is an essential part of praying as it humbles and presents oneself before God. The Penitential Rite and Lamb of God are some ways to pray for expiation.

• Petition – People praying for petition are asking God for blessings, spiritual needs, guidance, and even material objects. It is the most common of all types of prayers. This is also where praying for healing falls under. This kind of prayer includes the person’s agreement to accept God’s will on how the prayer will be answered. In “Our Father”, for example, it is concluded by stating “Thy will be done”.

• Love – Praying for love is a person’s way of expressing his adoration towards God. The Act of Charity is a known prayer of love. People who pray for charity are also showing and professing their love towards God.

• Thanksgiving – People rarely pray for thanksgiving. A prayer of thanksgiving is to give thanks and appreciation towards God for all the things He has done. Prayer before and after a meal is an example of thanksgiving.

Pray and Be Healed

Praying is strongly linked to healing. People who regularly pray are usually asking for healing and support. The case is also similar for people who pray for the sake of other people. But does it really work? Does prayer really heal?

Studies show that the quiet incantations and meditations of praying are able to reduce anxiety hormones, lower blood pressure, and regulate heart rate. Some study results also presented that direct or indirect prayer has positive effects. It improves a person’s disposition, outlook, and even health.

Praying is a form of relief for many. It is when they pour their sentiments, worries, and hopes with no fear of being judged except by God. They turn to God for answers and comfort from the troubles that they bear. The spiritual strength they get from praying helps them become stronger and more resilient in facing problems.

Scientific Effects of Prayer

Medical and scientific institutions recognize the therapeutic effects of prayer. People who are deep in prayer are observed to have an intense activity taking place in their brain’s parietal lobe circuits. This is the region that controls a person’s orientation in space and provides awareness between self and the world.

When a person’s awareness is heightened, there are no longer boundaries. That person will reach a high level of disengagement. When you asked prayerful people what they get from praying, a common answer is that it gives them a strong sense of freedom. They achieve a state of peace and calm.

Spirituality is a complex matter that is most of the time felt rather than defined. And religious people will always pray whether it is for healing or other purpose.

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Top Story: Declining Religious Adherence and Morality

Top Story: Declining Religious Adherence and Morality

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It’s the age old complaint. The young people are rotting the fabric of society by being lazy, apathetic, and turning away from the contemporary sky dictator. We can see the complaints in the writings of ancient Roman historians, like Tacitus, and they are not less prevalent today. The difference between then and the present, is that past historians were mistaken.

Religiosity didn’t decrease in the pre-modern world. Europeans in the last fifteen centuries or so may have changed some details about their theology, but they never really stopped believing that some invisible frowning father figure was watching them masturbate. That is changing.

A Pew Research Project clearly shows that adherence to religion, all around, is declining in America with each new generation. While belief in God is decreasing fairly slowly, only now heading toward the 50% mark among millennials, only 40% say that religion is important in their lives, and 18% actually attend religious services regularly. To compensate, those who are religious have developed some stricter views.

Millennials who are religious are more likely than their parents in all denominations, to say that their faith is the only way to salvation. They will allow more varied interpretations of their faith, but are less likely to accept that a different religion may also be valid.

For centuries, older generations have looked to their offspring and bemoaned their lack of piety and warned of the steep moral decline that would lead to anarchy and the end of society. Even now, old people are venting their frustrations about the young people in established news outlets. They are now faced with something their own parents didn’t have to worry about.

Unlike in ages past, where young generations had no voice or access to the press, young people dominate the most important mass media tool, the internet, and they like to spend their time punching their detractors in the mouth, figuratively speaking, especially since they are being called by selfish and entitled by the generation that is leaving them 17 Trillion dollars of debt as an inheritance.

That doesn’t change the fact of religious decline, however. As all religious people are eager to point out, the decline of their religion means a catastrophic collapse of all moral impulses that people have. This is why every religious group, from the established mainstream to Mormons and even Scientologists, is funding programs dedicated to shoring up the deteriorating moral foundations of America. There is only one minor issue here.

The decline of religion is in no way characterized by a moral decline. Crime has been steadily declining, along with religious adherence. The murder rate has been declining steadily, and may drop to the lowest point since 1906 this year. Even property crimes are on the decline, despite the economic crisis.

Young people, especially the non-religious, are more likely to support equal rights for women, racial minorities, and homosexuals. It is the perception among younger people that religions are a source of immoral hate that is fueling religious decline. So it needs to be considered that the decline of religion in not fueling moral decline, but rather an increase in morality is driving a rift between people and religion.

Brian Schmied enjoys reading about religion, politics, and the conflicts of church and state. He studied political science, and writes social commentary and news analysis in his free time.

 

What Makes A Good Friend?

What Makes A Good Friend?

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Friends are different and unique in their own way.  Although they each have different personality traits and characteristics, there are certain things that a person must possess to be a good friend.  Trust is one of the most important, as a friend you can truly rely is invaluable.  Whether you’re going through a personal crisis or just need a lift to the shops, a true friend will be there for you through thick and thin.  Reliability isn’t just measured in actions.  A great friend will be there for you emotionally too.  Sometimes you need someone to talk to, or even just to have someone to listen to your problems.  Good friends are there for the good times, but truly great friends are there for the bad times too.

Maintaining Your Friendships Through Shared Experiences

There are a myriad of activities you can undertake with your friends to encourage good relationships and create memories.  Try and arrange regular meet-ups; brunches, coffees, dinners etc are all great opportunities to meet up on a continued basis.  Sharing the responsibility of either picking a venue or hosting the get together yourself is a fair and balanced way to ensure that everyone in your friendship group is equally responsible.  New activities are always easier and more fun with your friends.  Any nerves or pre-conceptions of joining exercise or dance classes can become a hilarious experience with the company of a friend!  You’ll always feel less shy with someone else there, especially with the closest friends that you can share laughs with, and feel completely uninhibited.

True Friendship Will Improve Any Situation

It is a common misconception that it is only single people that truly benefit from having close friendships.  True, the lack of a partner does create the greater need for companionship and advice, but there isn’t anybody who doesn’t benefit from friendship.  Adults and children, married and single, men and women; everyone needs true friends to share experiences and offer guidance.  Friendshipday.org stress the importance of taking a day to enjoy your friends, and let them know how much they’re appreciated.  It can be easy for friends to feel like they’re being taken for granted if you don’t take the time to properly recognize all they do for you.  It’s so important to remember that having good friends is as much about you as it is them.

Give Good, Get Good

Great friendships are as much about giving as they are receiving.  Everything you expect from your friends you must be willing and happy to do should it be needed of you.  Always make sure you remember your friend’s birthday, giving gifts and cards from Hallmark’s extensive range.  Throw surprise parties for your friends to make sure they know just how special they are to you, and not just when it’s convenient for you.  After all, the friends that are truly special in your life are the ones that will drop everything at a moments notice just to see you, offer support, a smile and a word of advice.

Ashley Carter discusses the value of true friends, and how to ensure you maintain the friendships that are important to you.

 

Top Story: Infographic – Feng Shui Bedroom Tips

Top Story: Infographic – Feng Shui Bedroom Tips

The principles of Feng Shui are intended to help us live a stress and clutter free life. Few of us have the time, resources or lifestyle to put together an entire house that complies with Feng Shui principles, but if there’s one room where Feng Shui is especially important, it is the bedroom. A Properly Feng Shui optimized bedroom will make it easier for you to relax and doze off each evening, and leave you feeling revitalized and ready to face the day when you wake up the next morning.

Feng Shui may seem like a complex subject, but the rules are easier to follow than you might think. The bedroom is an area that should be clutter free, and that should be designed around the focus of love and relationships. Keep the bedroom free of distractions, such as televisions and games consoles, and replace those items with pictures of your spouse, or someone who is incredibly important to you. Red, pink and other warming colors are a good choice for your decor. The bedroom should be light and airy during the day, but you should choose curtains heavy enough to block out all light during the evening.

Above all, make sure that you avoid the Feng Shui mistakes mentioned in this infographic. The fewer stresses and negative influences you have in your life, the better.

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